File No. 813.00/865
Chargé Johnson to the Secretary of State
San José, August 24, 1917.
Sir: Referring to your telegram dated August 22, 5 p.m., I have the honor to send enclosed herein copies and translation of the note of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica dated July 17, 1917, and first published here on August 22, 1917, and of the note in reply from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Honduras dated July 31, 1917, and first published here on August 23, 1917.
The Costa Rican note embodies the suggestion that the Washington Treaties be revised and extended, particularly that creating the Court of Justice, at a conference of plenipotentiaries to be held in this city September 15th next, and that if Nicaragua is unwilling to recede from its denunciation of the treaty that she be left out but the road left open to her to join at a later day whenever she admits the jurisdiction of the court in the recent suit of Costa Rica against her over the Bryan-Chamorro Treaty. The Honduras note accepts the invitation to the conference of plenipotentiaries but proposes that the primary subject of the conference be the embodying into a treaty of the union of all the Central American States, stating its willingness to enter into an extension of the treaties, but apparently only on the condition that Nicaragua also joins, in case the project for union fails.
A further report in compliance with your telegraphic instructions referred to above will be sent at an early date.
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